In celebration of five decades of service to the Houston area and beyond, SHAPE Community Center will host its 50th Anniversary International Cultural Gala on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline.

For 50 years, SHAPE (Self-Help for African People through Education) has worked to improve the quality of life for thousands of children and adults, with emphasis on seven principles: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

“We are grateful for our positive reputation and the strong community partnerships that have led to our success over the past 50 years,” said SHAPE Executive Director Deloyd Parker.

“It will take continued support to ensure the success of SHAPE for the next 50 years. We must ensure that the next generation of children and elders can benefit from activities and programs that SHAPE offers. We look forward to seeing our supporters at our anniversary gala.”

The gala’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Abdul Haleem (Robert) Muhammad, Southwest student regional minister, Nation of Islam. 

Muhammad is a noted community leader, activist, radio talk show host, author and researcherHe is the founder of NTE Planning Consultants, LLC andservedas an urban planning consultant to the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He is active in various civic, community and professional organizations and has appeared on numerous national television programs.

Other gala highlights include a performance by author, actor, storyteller, and playwright, Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux;a Je La Beaux Fashion Review; food, fellowship and fun; and dancing in the Bar-room.

SHAPE was born out of a common need for collective action, community empowerment and family connectedness. Programs that have been implemented in the last 50 years include SHAPE’s Legal Clinic, Library & Computer Lab, After-school & Summer Program, Elders Institute, Disaster Relief and Freedom Tours.

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